Emergency management officials monitoring forecast for Thursday, Friday
BY HALEY JONES
Iredell County Emergency Management officials are keeping an eye on a cold front that could move into the area from the Southwest, bringing a mix of rain and snow to Iredell County by the end of the week.
The wintry mix is expected to begin after 8 p.m. on Thursday and continue into the day Friday, with highs reaching into the low 40s. The lows on Friday night are expected to dip into the 20s.
“At this time, no specific actions are being taken except for verifying the availability of resources should the need arise,” Kent Greene, director of Iredell County Fire Services and Emergency Management, said in a news release. “Coordination with Department of Transportation representatives is also taking place.”
With the possibility of winter weather and freezing conditions, residents should be prepared for severe winter weather. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends the following:
- If you plan to use a fireplace or wood stove during cold weather, have it inspected. Additionally, install a smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector near the area to be heated;
- Insulate any water lines that run along exterior walls so your water supply will be less likely to freeze;
- If you have pets, bring them indoors; and
- Remove any tree branches that may fall on your home or vehicle during a winter storm.
Slick, snowy road conditions can cause problems for drivers. If you must travel during winter weather, the CDC recommends drivers keep their car winter-ready by:
- Having routine maintenance service on your vehicle as recommended;
- Check the antifreeze level;
- Keep the gas tank near full to help avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines;
- Replace windshield-wiper fluid with a wintertime mixture;
- Replace worn tires, make sure tires have adequate tread, and check the air pressure;
- Pack abrasive materials like sand or kitty litter in case your vehicle gets stuck; and
- Pack jumper cables, blankets, and a windshield scraper.
When driving in hazardous conditions, drive slowly. It is harder to control or stop your vehicle on a slick or snow-covered surface. On the road, increase your following distance so that you’ll have plenty of time to stop for vehicles ahead of you.